Paul Burns is VPIRG’s Executive Director. He has been working as an organizer, advocate and attorney for PIRGs in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont since 1986. As Toxics Program Director for MassPIRG, Paul was instrumental in the passage of major environmental legislation aimed at rivers protection, brownfields cleanup, beach water testing and pesticide use reduction and disclosure. At VPIRG, Paul serves as the senior advocate for all programs and lead advocate for the democracy program, represents VPIRG with the media and state leaders, heads fundraising efforts and provides vision, direction and leadership for VPIRG. Paul lives in Montpelier, Vermont.